Now that the government has shut down because of GOP / Tea Party resistance to Obamacare, even though it’s already ratified law (from way back when the President signed it in 2010, but never mind that), is there any hope for Congress? In our lifetime, has the US government been this inept and the chasm so big between the two political parties? This is, indeed, a USA that is divided, more than ever. It hasn’t been this way since the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s where it’s essentially white people versus everybody else. Some people see this as a consequence of the status quo scared shitless and it is just a matter of time to ride this out so that the country can “adapt” through these major cultural changes.
I feel the same way, for the most part, but I also feel that this psychological “civil war” could become something more real. The character Will McAvoy from THE NEWSROOM refers to the Tea Party as the American Taliban, made up of extremists who will hold the country hostage to get their way. I am slowly thinking this is true.
Even in popular culture, dark, apocalyptic films and shows are the norm and resonate with audiences, ranging from REVOLUTION to THE WALKING DEAD, UNDER THE DOME, WORLD WAR Z, just to name a few.
What are your feelings about the current state of our country? Is it something we ride out and all for the better, or should we prepare for doomsday?
JEROME: I know I’m setting a low bar here, but I’m just hoping it turns out better than WORLD WAR Z.
And for the record, zombie apocalypse really is my end game scenario of choice. If y’all wanna survive, stick with me.
IRIS: Great topic. I once thought the Tea Partyists were a passing fad, but like you, Anderson, I have come to believe that they are a major concern for America’s future. Their racism and childish tantrums are bent on taking the country three steps back on the evolutionary scale. I am truly disgusted and fed up with them. We should do as much as possible to make sure these people aren’t reelected. In fact, I plan to donate to CREDO (an anti-Tea Party movement) to help bring these guys down. I know the majority of America does not support the Tea Party, so let’s not let them take over.
DHH: I think the rise of the Tea Party and de facto relegation of the GOP to a regional, white, older male political party is a reaction to America rapidly becoming a Caucasian-minority nation. To those deeply threatened by this demographic shift, the election of our first non-white President symbolizes a change they must resist at all costs. The majority of Americans are not virulently opposed to America’s likely future; hence, the majority of Americans are not Tea Partiers. The Tea Party, as such, may not survive the next few years. Even if it disappears, however, I fear these sentiments will resurface under some new branding for at least a generation, as America struggles to deal with its legacy of racism.
ALFREDO: thank god for the Tea Party! Those are the whackos who will pull the GOP so far right they’ll fall right off the edge of an earth they still probably believe is flat. No matter who the Dems put up – and I’m not saying they’re perfect, but they are the lesser evil, in my book – they’ll win, as long as the Tea Party bullies the rest of the moderate, reasonable Republicans into fear mongering, racist, paranoiac thinking.
ROGER: Excellent topic, Mr. Anderson. Well, if history is any indicator, when a global power becomes as imbalanced as the United States currently is, that power/empire/state tends to fail or fall or revolutionize. It will be interesting to see how America’s history plays out in the next decade or two. Until then, go to Costco and get some freeze dried food and buy a bunker. :)
The ideals of Americana are certainly qualities that can be universally admired by just about anyone from any place. However, America has somehow drifted away from those universal ideals and has morphed into something much less inspiring. Shutting down the government is deeply, deeply immoral. People elect their politicians to care for the people. But what’s happening in Washington right now is exactly the opposite – politicians are just caring for themselves and their personal gains in power and influence. They have forgotten their prime directive and responsibility to the very people they have sworn to protect. No one uses nuclear weapons today because it’s such a morally reprehensible tool of combat and war. No matter how bad things get, you don’t use a nuke. It just goes too far. Shutting down the government is the same kind of weapon, just political. The fact that American politicians have now officially dropped this political nuke onto Washington and America and the World is beyond comprehension. We have crossed a line that should never have been crossed. How we come back from this and somehow re-adopt the true core values of Americana is anyone’s guess. But the backlash from such an insanely, politically selfish act will be felt for a very, very long time.
PHILIP: I’m not sure I subscribe to the doomsday scenario–not just because I tend to be cautiously optimistic but I think the world is much a different place than it was, say, during the days of the Roman Empire when a while civilization could fall. The world’s too “global” now–for better or worse, we’re all interconnected in ways that would not have been imaginable even a few decades ago. if the U.S. were to “fail”, I think the consequences would be far reaching and pretty much negatively impact every corner of the globe so don’t think the powers that be would let that happen. But with that said, yeah, fuck the politicians who put us in this situation!
QUENTIN: I second DHH’s thoughts. Shutting down the government is constitutional protest of the most privileged, a historical and political reaction toward the inevitable shift of power toward democrats and people of color. It’s far from doomsday. It’s interesting. Let’s keep watching…
ANSON: Are those government biatches still get paid during this lockout? or shutdown, whatever its called? Can Seal Team Six take out the American Taliban? Obama needs to let Luther loose.
BEVERLY: I personally see the schism growing bigger and bigger. Because I have family that listens to FOX News regularly, I am appalled by the growing alarm. fed by the right media. I was in a national park just last weekend (before the shutdown) and there was a lady ranger talking to a co-worker about how the muslims are taking over, can’t you see it, that’s why Obama was elected, history repeats itself because Islam always wants to destroy Christianity. And I live in the San Francisco Bay Area where I thought most people were a little bit less… fanatically frightened. If this is a change, a revolution of sorts to a caucasian-minority country and these are growing pains, I fear (yes, I fear as well because I’m the panic from the left) that there will be a lot of civil bloodshed before a new world order takes place. I don’t think the next few years will be easy. There will be laws made to protect the old world order because they will not be going without a serious fight. And panic propaganda will proliferate.